Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan: Provincial like set up rejected

“The so-called provincial like set up is fraudulent and blackmailing offers of the government which aimed to conceal the political atrocities and brutal colonial control on the people in the occupied region”. This was stated by Manzoor Hussain Parwana Chairman Gilgit Baltistan United Movement reacting over the "Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009", recently announced by the government of Pakistan to Gilgit Baltistan.

The government of Pakistan’s empowerment package granted to the people of Gilgit Baltistan is illegal and holds no ground at all because Gilgit Baltistan does not fall under the constitution of Pakistan. The people of Gilgit Baltistan rejected the cosmetic package to the region because it is not alternative of “our Independence”. He opined.

Parwana said that the tactics of government of Pakistan are meant to buy time and secrete violations of human and political rights. We demanded for an “Independent Constitutional Assembly” until the resolution of Kashmir dispute but we were cheated once again on the name of “self autonomy”.
He said.

Under the newly announced empowerment order, the existing Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA) will be given the status of provincial like set up with powers to make its own annual budget and development plan, which earlier was in the Musharaf’s package. The post of Chairman, who is an official appointed by Islamabad and who calls the ruler of the region, has been renamed the Governor of the province. The post of the chief executive has been upgraded to chief minister. The existing NALA’s advisors renamed ministers.

He said the government did not take the stakeholder on board to formulate the packages and imposed an unconstitutional act while the people are expecting and demanding Azad Kashmir Like set up, to run the region in the light of UNCIP resolutions as an independent state ,having it own constitutional assembly, president, prime minister, judiciary and national identity .

Issued by

Gilgit Baltistan United Movement
Skardu Baltistan
Dated: 29 August 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan: Proposal of Pakistani Think Tank Rejected

SKARDU: The proposal of the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province of Pakistan is farce, impracticable and will never be accepted by the people of the region. This was stated by chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement Manzoor Hussain Parwana while reacting to the proposal by the NGO recently.He said the proposal coming from the intellectuals of Pakistan was tantamount to distorting facts about the issue because how an area which was not even part of Pakistan can be made its province. He said Pakistan cannot amend Article 1 of the constitution of 1973 to make Gilgit-Baltistan its province because Gilgit-Baltistan has no representation in the parliament of Pakistan, nor the parliament has the right to legislate on the region. If it is possible under the constitution, it would be taken as a ploy to perpetuate Pakistan's rule in the region, Mr Parwana maintained. He said at present the rulers of Pakistan were not even in a position to bring changes to the wrongs done to the constitution by former dictators and to amend the law for the sake of Gilgit-Blatistan would cerate more complications for the country. He said if the National Assembly wanted to bring the region under the control of Pakistan it cannot do so because it was not under the jurisdiction of the house. Had it the power to do so, then it must do the same to bring the regions of Kargil and Ladakh into Pakistan's control, so that the issue of Kashmir is resolved for good. He said the people of Gilgit-Baltistan had no intention to acceded to Pakistan because their forefathers had no entered in such an agreement with Pakistan. He said people must understand that in 1947, the people of the region had formed a state of their own after kicking out the Dogras which was later abolished in the name of the Kashmir issue and the region is still attached to Kashmir dispute. As the issue of Kashmir is to be resolved, so is the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan, he added.The GBUM chief said if the intellectuals of Pakistan cannot raise voice for the rights of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, they should not create confusion about the rights of the local people by presenting unworkable solution to the international issue.